Dancing, imbibing, flirting, discovering, laughing, and laughing, and laughing, building friendships, lives, hopes, memories.
It’s all-consuming, this living thing. Before you know it a year or two, or ten has passed, and you may feel sometimes that there’s not much to show for it, but it’s all there, written in your eyes and on your heart, and if you’ve lived well, and loved well, and done the best you can, it shows.
Last night my very dear friend Rania (above in the red) celebrated her 40th birthday with a great party. It was amazing to see so many faces that were distantly familiar and see where they are now. Lovely to see how we’ve all changed over the years, and to feel relaxed about the company of ‘strangers’.
20+ years ago, Rania was in the constant company of 3 red-heads. My cousin Georgina (in purple), Annette (top middle) and Rania went to school together. I moved over from Tasmania at the end of year 12 and had an instant circle of friends. There was plenty of clubbing, and so much fun. The years have made us all grow in different ways, and I’m certain none of us would have thought this was the shape our lives would be, but for the most part I think we are all happy.
2007 (and it must be said that there was a touch of champagne consumed by this point…)
People refer to the ‘passage of time’ – and it is a passage in many ways. We emerge to take a breath and reflect every so often as we consider our next step, and where our soul needs to go next. I prefer to think of it as a fullness though, another feather in the pillow to make us comfortable in our dotage.
Live it up, and live it well! 😉